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Cops Seek Couple & 2-Year-Old Daughter After 7-Month-Old Found Dead

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Allison Studdard and Donald Harris. (Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office)

Cops took a Mississippi couple into custody Wednesday evening and and canceled an an Amber Alert for their 2-year-old daughter after their 7-month-old daughter was found dead in their home.

Donald Harris, 34, and Allison Studdard, 31, of Caledonia, Mississippi, were the subjects of the search.

The Mississippi Department of Public Safety announced Wednesday that the couple’s 2-year-old daughter, Maliah Harris, was found with her parents in Georgia.

Here’s what you need to know about the story:


1. The Baby’s Grandfather Discovered Her Body

According to the Natchez Democrat , the children’s grandfather found the body of 7-month-old Alyssa Harris at about 5:30 a.m. Wednesday and called police. The paper reports that while the grandfather was on the phone, Donald Harris and Allison Studdard — the child’s parents — fled.


2. Police Were Fearful for the 2-Year-Old’s Safety

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Maliah Harris.

Police issued the Ambert Alert for 2-year-old Maliah Harris. Maliah was later recovered in Georgia when police pulled over a car driven by her parents, Mississippi cops said.

3. Studdard & Harris Were in a 2002 Pontiac

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The couple was seen driving a black 2002 Pontiac Aztec, with Georgia plates with the tag number PGR7927. Authorities in Georgia tracked down the car after getting a request for help from their counterparts in Mississippi, and stopped the couple just after 11 p.m. in Sylvester Georgia,

Read the full original Amber Alert message above on the Mississippi Department of Public Safety’s Facebook page.


4. The Coroner Was Called to the Scene

The Mississippi Department of Public Safety had the following to say about Alyssa Harris’ death:

The investigation is far from over. A second child, a 7-month-old toddler, was found dead at home where Harris and Studdard lived near Caledonia, Mississippi. The preliminary investigation indicates the discovery of the deceased child by the grandfather, who also lived at the residence, lead to the abduction of the two year old and flight by Harris and Studdard.


5. Studdard and Harris Were Jailed in Georgia

Mississippi police said Studdard and Harris were jailed after being taken into custody in Georgia. It’s not clear whether they’ve been charged with a crime.

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